Florida Lawmakers Appointed to Influential Health Care Committees in Congress

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Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-Palm Harbor), Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key) and Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) have been appointed to congressional committees with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid matters, which include oversight over the home health benefit.

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In the Senate, Nelson has been reappointed to the Budget Committee (responsible for drafting the federal budget), the Finance Committee (direct responsibility for programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare and Medicaid), and will serve as chairman of the Select Committee on Aging (oversees long term care, elder fraud and abuse, etc.).

In the House of Representatives, Reps. Bilirakis and Castor have both been appointed to the Energy & Commerce Committee, which oversees matters related to health care and health facilities. Rep. Buchanan was reappointed to the House Ways & Means Committee, which also oversees Medicare.

The Senate Finance Committee, House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees were ground zero during the health care reform debates in 2009 and 2010, and have a tremendous impact on the direction of Medicare. If your agency operates in their congressional district it is critical to continue building these relationships. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting with one or more of these lawmakers, click here to complete the online form. For more tips about effective advocacy strategies, visit HCAF’s Public Policy & Advocacy webpage at www.homecarefla.org/advocacy.

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